Posts tagged with: MWC 2014
  • by | March 11, 2014 7:10 AM

    As you might recall, Nokia showed off its first "Android" phones at MWC this year. Why the "air quotes", you ask? Because the Nokia X family aren't real Androids, at least not in the traditional sense. If you disagree with that statement, you're not alone. Over 150 comments were left on that article either telling us we're spot on, or that we're totally wrong. The TL/dr summation: the Nokia X family all run Android, but since they've got their own Windows Phone-esque launcher, none run Google's apps, and they come with their own Nokia app store (rather than Google's Play Store), calling ...

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  • by | March 5, 2014 11:15 AM

    With March now upon us, the early year expo season has drawn to a close, as first CES and then MWC delivered their one-two punch of new hardware, services, accessories, and as much mobile news as we could handle. With Anton D. Nagy and Jaime Rivera on the floor in Barcelona, we had dozens of great opportunities to check out all the new Mobile World Congress gear for ourselves, while our team back in the States brought you word of the latest product announcements as they broke, while also swinging by New York City to check out the US side of Samsung's Unpacked event. While the whole week is ...

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  • by | March 3, 2014 4:57 PM

    When it comes to getting content from our phones onto our TVs, we have plenty of options. Maybe your phone has a physical HDMI output (though those seem to be getting increasingly rare). Maybe you do things wirelessly, using Miracast or an accessory like Chromecast. A lot of smartphone users connect to their televisions using MHL though their phones' micro USB port, which not only carries the video signal, but helps power your phone while it's acting as a video source. As it turns out, among all the product launches we got to see last week at MWC 2014, the first couple devices supporting ...

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  • by | March 3, 2014 7:14 AM

    Why would you want a "black phone", one that's not susceptible to the privacy holes found in all of today's smartphones? That's a question that Jaime Rivera touched on at this year's MWC. The answer is fairly simple, given today's circumstances and situations. But let's jump back a few years before we get to that. Looking back even three or four years, if someone had told you that various companies and law enforcement agencies could track where you were down to a few dozen feet, and were actually doing so (and without a warrant, no less), you'd probably have thought that person was a bit ...

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  • by | March 3, 2014 4:43 AM

    Not a show goes by without a lot of extra footage for the videos we do. Despite hands-on videos, and comparisons, being about three-to-five minutes long, we don't get everything right from the first take; hence, the videos are much longer than what you guys see. However, you're missing a huge opportunity to see how we're having fun while saying stupid things on camera. This is why we're continuing our series with MWC 2014 bloopers. Compiled from all the extra footage we have, for your viewing pleasure. And, since this MWC was covered by Anton D. Nagy and Jaime Rivera, you know you can ...

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  • by | February 28, 2014 4:02 PM

    Sony makes some very attractive smartphones; there's no denying it has a recognizable design language, resulting in some very sleek, smart-looking hardware. Its flagship Xperia models have delivered top-notch specs, and all the pieces have seemed like they've been in place for Sony to be a really strong competitor in the market... but then there are those screens. Perhaps the most recurring complaints we hear about Sony smartphones have targeted disappointing display performance. Luckily, it appears that Sony has finally taken all that criticism to heart, and analysis of the Xperia Z2's ...

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  • by | February 28, 2014 3:34 PM

    Anton D. Nagy chasing a taxi on foot. Jaime Rivera almost burning down a building with a power strip. A Honduran drinking palinca and a Romanian doing a Mexican accent. The tales from our leather-clad Barcelona duo are intense - but their intensity is matched by the hot mobile news that burst forth from this week's Mobile World Congress, the most epic in recent memory. To wit, that news includes an MWC 2014 Samsung Unpacked event that gave the world the latest Galaxy; a Sony unveiling of similar proportions that built on the Xperia legacy; a press conference that saw the world's first ...

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  • by | February 28, 2014 2:18 PM

    Sadly, Mobile World Congress is now over. This year's mobile show in Barcelona, Spain was one of the busiest, device-driven shows in recent years. We saw a boatload of handsets, a few tablets, some wearables, and a lot of future products that won't be available for a while. Needless to say, there was plenty for just about everyone to be excited about at least something: a new Galaxy S smartphone, three new wrist-mounted Gear devices, a new Sony flagship, new additions to the HTC Desire lineup, new Huawei devices, including a wearable, a new YOGA Tablet and smartphone from Lenovo, Nokia X ...

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  • by | February 28, 2014 11:34 AM

    Technically speaking, the ZTE Nubia Z5S Mini is already getting a little old, having first gone official all the way back in November. Just because it was available in China, though, didn't mean that we had enjoyed the opportunity to get familiar with it yet, so at the MWC this week we tracked down one of the handsets, looking to finally get some first-hand experiences with the mid-range Android. Sure, mid-range can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people, but the Z5S Mini is thankfully towards the top of that class, with specs like a 4.7-inch 720p display and 2GB of ...

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  • by | February 28, 2014 10:52 AM

    If anyone ever tells you that smartphones are all the same these days, that every manufacturer is copying everyone else to the point where all our phone are homogeneous, uninspiring slabs, you just point them on over to the YotaPhone, the handset that just has to do things a little differently. We saw the first YotaPhone debut last year, marrying a rear-mounted electronic ink to a typical full-color smartphone display, offering a persistent output, low power consumption, and great daylight readability. This year's model delivers a healthy set of improvements, bumping up processing ...

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  • by | February 28, 2014 7:13 AM

    Although the "wearables" category is somewhat new to Pocketnow, devices that are meant to be worn, rather than carried, have been around for quite some time. In the very early days they were called pocket watches. Eventually they evolved into timekeepers that we wore around our wrists. Original versions just kept track of time, but other features were added in: day of the week, day of the month, and even moon phases eventually came to wrist watches. Some got barometers, stopwatches, countdown times, calculators, even simple calendars. When Microsoft released its SPOT technology, and began ...

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  • by | February 27, 2014 11:14 AM

    “We are inspired by taking risks and innovating mobile communications to bring value to users. We are a start-up company that had a big idea and we’ve executed on that idea. We looked at the smartphone from another side, literally, and created YotaPhone.” I love this quote. It's a little heavy on the corporate buzzwords for my taste, but the idea of a small group of dedicated individuals banding together to will a dream into reality -particularly a dream as unconventional as YotaPhone- is an inspiring tale even to those who don't share my love for the underdog. And Yota Devices ...

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  • by | February 26, 2014 10:42 AM

    It's all too easy to dismiss the extremely low-priced smartphone: surely, it must be unimpressive if it's so cheap; wouldn't any serious smartphone shopper just pay a little extra for something more respectable? But for whatever stigma such models may carry with them, there's one undeniable fact: they sell. They sell like hotcakes. Yesterday we heard the GSMA announce the Lumia 520 as its best low-cost smartphone of the year, and for good reason – despite awesome feature-packed models like the 1020 or 1520, the lowly 520 has emerged as the platform's best-seller to date. It's not just ...

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  • by | February 26, 2014 10:09 AM

    The Samsung Unpacked event on Monday brought us news of the company's latest flagship smartphone, as well as some new wearables, but in spite of everything we saw, we were still looking for more. After all, remember that “Exynos Infinity” teaser Samsung distributed a week ago? Where was our new silicon? Good things come to those who wait, and today Samsung took the lid off two new Exynos chips, as well as some camera sensors and other components. Bad news first (well, maybe not “bad” bad, but counter to some of your expectations): there's no 64-bit business here. Instead, we get ...

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  • by | February 26, 2014 7:25 AM

    HTC makes great devices, you'll get no argument on that from me. Where opinions begin to vary is whether or not the HTC Desire series really lives up to their name: are they really all that desirable? If you'd have asked me that just a week ago, I wouldn't have hesitated: no, they're not desirable. That said, I do respect the role that the HTC Desire family has played over the years. They've all been fairly decent devices for the average smartphone user. What's more, they've generally been pretty affordable. Even still, they're nothing that I would have recommended for any of my friends or ...

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